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MSU-Northern men’s basketball signs 3 transfers

Posted at 6:24 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:49:19-04

HAVRE — Montana State University-Northern head men’s basketball coach Shawn Huse announced the signings of three future Lights on Tuesday.

Mascio McCadney, Joe Fons and Cedric Crutchfield are set to join the Lights this fall.

McCadney, a 6-3 guard from Detroit, recently finished a two-year career at Henry Ford Community College. He was an all-Eastern Conference selection in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) after averaging 15 points per game on 56 percent shooting from the field, 47 percent from 3, and 74 percent from the free throw line. He also averaged 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

“Mascio is a great teammate and person, first and foremost,” Huse said. “Everyone who knows him will tell you what a fantastic guy and teammate he is. He puts up great numbers across the board, but does so in an efficient way that is within the framework of his team’s offensive and defensive philosophies. We are ecstatic to have him on board, as we feel he is a huge key to our success moving forward. We feel we just moved into contention for great things with his signing. Mascio has been raised and coached extremely well by his family and Coach (Chris) Shepard. Mascio is a hard worked who takes care of business both on and off the court each and every day. We look forward to what he is going to bring to help take us to another level.”

Fons, a 6-foot-7 forward from Napa Valley (Calif.) College, was a first-team all-Bay Area Conference pick this past season after averaging 8.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. He shot 55 percent from the field, 35 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free throw line.

“Joe is another great guy and teammate who has been brought up and coached well by his family and Coach (Steve) Ball,” Huse said. “He played on a great team that plays a very four-year style of basketball and put up numbers on a very balanced team. He is an excellent all-around forward that works extremely hard on the court. He can score from inside and out, as well as pass the ball and defend multiple positions. He adds depth that we need right now, and we are ecstatic that he chose us. We feel like he is a great fit for our program.”

Crutchfield is a 6-8 center from Dakota College at Bottineau (N.D.). The Houston native averaged 10 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last season shooting 54 parent from the field and 69 percent from the free throw line. He also blocked one shot per game.

“Cedric is a true big game that knows how to pay inside and can defend the perimeter when necessary,” Huse said. “He is a high-character, hard-working teammate that will enhance everything we like and do in our program and here at Northern. We are very fond of Cedric, as he is another impressive, conscientious guy whom you can tell has been raised right and coached well by his family and Coach (Brock) Lemon. He can score and pass out of the post, communicates on defense, and his free throw shooting is solid, as well. He fit in really well on his recruiting visit, and we are extremely excited that Cedric chose to be a Light.”

The Lights are coming off of a 19-12 campaign where they led the NAIA in 3-pointers made per game (10.94), 3-point shooting percentage (41 percent), and assist-to-turnover ratio.